Learning Exchange: Building Bridges: Community Health Workers as Agents of Change
The Health Promotion & Prevention Research Center (PRC) hosted its first learning exchange, “Building Bridges: Community Health Workers as Agents of Change”. Sergio Matos, the Executive Director of the Community Health Worker (CHW) Network of NYC, moderated the session. Drs. Padmini Balagopal, Miyong Kim, and Ranjita Misra, all experts in implementing CHW programs, spoke about their work, CHW training, and the challenges and successes they have experienced. Rico Foz, Mamnunul Haq, and Henry Soliveres, CHWs from NYU’s AsPIRE and DREAM programs, spoke about their personal experiences serving their community. Please download and watch the learning exchange.
Community Health Workers impact Public Health Issues
CHW Impact the disparities in the Social Determinants of Health
We, the Multicultural Health Brokers Video (http://mchb.org), reach into our communities, working hand-in-hand with those we serve, responding to the heartbeat of their daily realities: their struggles and their aspirations (Canada, Published on Oct 28, 2013)
Thank you to Carl Rush http://www.chrllc.net and Sara Torres University of Ottawa for sharing this amazing video
CHW Videos shared by Ana Paula Soares Lynch; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Contact: Ana Paula Soares Lynch MS, LPC.
Proyecto Salud Director, a joint program of
Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic and
CORE/El Centro a natural healing center
Phone: (414) 225-4266
South Central College: Anne Ganey Adjunct Faculty at Minnesota State University, Mankato Greater Minneapolis-St. and APHA CHW Section member talks about the role and scope of practice of CHW and the different places they can be employed as well as their training program which is online plus and internship
Peter Long the President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of CA talks about bold new strategies to partner with Community agencies to prevent domestic violence and improve the social determinants of health. BCBS is a supporter of the CHW?P model in CA
An inspiring presentation… Who knows better how to heal a community than those who inhabit it? America Bracho Executive Director of Latino Health Access trains local promotoras to teach neighbors and friends how to be healthy.
This program produced by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation introduces several of Minnesota’ outstanding community health workers, their work and successes. CHWs link diverse communities with the health care system. Uploaded on Aug 25, 2009
This video highlights interviews from local health care leaders in Chicago on the importance and the value that Community Health Workers (CHWs) bring to patients. Published on Oct 15, 2012
The role of Promotoras as community leaders, visionaries and the bridge between social services and community.Uploaded on Jan 4, 2010
Motivational interviewing, an evidence-based strategy, is used to build rapport during early stages of peer support relationships and to strengthen patients’ motivation and commitment to changes. Dr. Keri Bolton Oetzel from the University of New Mexico talks about integration of motivational interviewing into community health work practice.
Community Health Workers and Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Published on 6.18.2013
Community health workers (CHWs) who are part of the Diabetes Equity Project (DEP) in Dallas are helping to improve the health of underserved people living with diabetes. DEP is one of five local programs that make up the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, a national program supported by Merck Foundation. CHWs, also known as promotores or patient navigators, serve as a bridge between patients and providers, helping patients understand how to follow through with their treatment plans at home. Baylor Health Care System, where the DEP program is located, has seen improved health outcomes and reduced costs as a result of integrating CHWs on the front lines of care.
Despite the demonstrated benefits that CHWs can provide, widespread implementation of the role has faced a number of challenges. The Alliance’s Dallas site established the “Diabetes Health Promoter,” a state-certified CHW who completes 160-hours of training and participates in continuing education.
About the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes
The Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, a national program launched and supported by the Merck Foundation, works to improve health care delivery among those populations most at risk for diabetes — African-American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American adults. The five health care delivery sites that comprise the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes have implemented multifaceted evidence-based approaches designed to eliminate gaps produced by inequity and lack of targeted attention to those adults and their families who are most likely to be severely burdened by diabetes.